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Parker review: A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favorite vintage of this wine sin...Read more...
Another French wine which was introduced to me by my brother in law, who got me hooked on Lynch Bages. He grew up in Bordeaux, so he should know. I... Read more
This wine requires several hours of decanting but it is so worth the wait. I thought the first sip after 2 hours was solid. 2 hours later it was ab... Read more
A very successful effort for this vintage in the Medoc, this deep ruby/purple-colored Pauillac exhibits class/nobility/breed along with black curra... Read more
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Another French wine which was introduced to me by my brother in law, who got me hooked on Lynch Bages. He grew up in Bordeaux, so he should know. I tried this with him in Asia at a wine tasting and it was my favorite of the night. And, because of its price, is a bottle I might actually buy myself on a regular basis.
This wine requires several hours of decanting but it is so worth the wait. I thought the first sip after 2 hours was solid. 2 hours later it was absolutely phenomenal. Wonderfully smooth with a long, beautiful finish. There are hints of fruit and smokey vanilla both in the smell and taste. A truly impressive wine.
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A very successful effort for this vintage in the Medoc, this deep ruby/purple-colored Pauillac exhibits class/nobility/breed along with black currant liqueur, licorice, and incense notes. Sweet, expansive, fleshy, and medium to full-bodied, with good structure, ripe tannin, and a long, 30ndash;35 second finish, it can be drunk now, but will be even better in 2ndash;3 years; it will last for 12ndash;15 years. I had this wine three separate times out of bottle, and it is performing significantly better than it did from cask.
One of the finest values in top-class Bordeaux has been the 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron. Until 3ndash;4 months ago, the wine could have been purchased for under $400 a case, but that seems to have changed as the results of numerous tastings have pushed the price upward. I originally gave a one point preference to the 1989, and I am still convinced that ultimately that wine will last longer and hit a higher peak of pleasure than the 1990, but, wow, the 1990 is showing great. Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron exhibits more of the roasted overripeness of this vintage, but it manages to keep everything in perspective. The wine is opulent and flamboyant, with lower acidity, and noticeably less tannin than the 1989. It is equally concentrated, with a more evolved nose of cedar, black fruits, earth, minerals, and spices. On the palate, the wine offers sensational quantities of jammy fruit, glycerin, wood, and sweet tannin. It is far more fun to taste and drink (more hedonistic perhaps?) than the more structured, backward, yet exceptional 1989. Ideally, readers should have both vintages in their cellars. The 1990 can be drunk now as well as over the next 25+ years.
I have never tasted a more compelling Pichon-Longueville-Baron. The huge aroma of roasted blackcurrants and spicy oak is followed by a wine that is packed to the brim with super-ripe, unctuous fruit. The acid is low, but the tannin level is extremely high, with the tannins much more noticeable than they were last spring. This is one of the most concentrated wines of the vintage, with a texture unlike anything I have ever experienced in Bordeauxhellip; I adored it. Anticipated maturity: 1996ndash;2000.
Almost completely overshadowed by the rsquo;89, this rsquo;88 is a stunning Pauillac in its own right. Deeply scented, with a penetrating bouquet of ripe plums, cassis, black currant, vanilla and smoke, the winersquo;s sheer opulence is matched only by its finesse. Massively rich fruit only gets better if the wine is allowed to breathe. Excellent tannic structure and an exuberant finish bode well for this winersquo;s future, but try one soon.
A sexy, opulent and hedonistic Pichon-Baron, the 1999rsquo;s dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a low acid wine with a silky texture and good fleshiness. It offers jammy black fruits intermixed with licorice, incense, leather, and pain grille. Opulent and fat, it will be drinkable upon release, and last for 16ndash;18 years.
This firmer vintage smells and tastes of the warmth coming off the polished stones of the vineyard. All its elements are in balance, yet theyrsquo;re expressed in stoniness rather than in separate compartments of juicy red currant fruit pressed and dried, of black cherry skin tannins. Itrsquo;s the firm, aristocratic structure that comes first, then the perception of plenty of flesh underneath to fill it. And it keeps getting juicier with air. A rsquo;98 for long-term cellaring.
If it were not for the ferocious tannin that compresses its personality and gives it a certain leanness, this 1998 would have merited a higher rating. Other than the questionable tannin level, it is a well-made, dark purple-colored wine with aromas and flavors of cassis and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied and muscular, but backward, tight, and abrupt, this should turn out to be a very good to excellent effort, but the tannin level is worrisome. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2017.
Parker review: A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favorite<br/>vintage of this wine since the 1989 and 1990. An inky purple color offers up<br/>notes of barbecue spices intermixed with new saddle leather, creme de cassis,<br/>melted licorice, creosote, and a hint of vanilla. The wine is full-bodied,<br/>tremendously concentrated, with sweet tannin and a seamless finish that goes on<br/>for close to one minute. This wine has great purity, tremendous texture, and<br/>fabulous upside potential. This is a prodigious 2000! <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 03)
<p>This Bordeaux was blended form the village of Pauillac. The Les Tourelles is a Merlot based blend with cabernet sauvignon and cab franc. On the nose you get leather and subtle notes of sawdust mixed with dark fruit. The palate is soft and deep with a calm power to it, which is apparent on the finish with the gripping tannins. The finish stays with you for some time but falls away gracefully. Highly recommended with fish meals and fruit. Cheers! </p>
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